Today, of course, we recall the great life of St Philip Neri and ask him to intercede for us. ICN are carrying some details on the founder of the Oratorians here. This paragraph struck me:
A wonderful thought - this kindly and funny bastion of orthodoxy, bringer of love and stroker of cats!Often described as the 'Second Apostle of Rome' Philip however did not escape criticism. Some were shocked by his friendliness and informality. He said that the path of perfection was for laypeople as much as for the clergy and religious. He preached more about love and spiritual integrity than physical austerity. He was very fond of cats.